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Colors of Rebellion - Dalit History Month


  • Pangaea KU Leuven A. Vesaliusstraat 34, 3000 Leuven Belgium (map)
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The month of April is celebrated as Dalit History Month, in honor of Dr B. R. Ambedkar - dedicated human rights activist and founding father of modern India. Marking this occasion, a week-long Art exhibition of four prominent Dalit artists and journalists will take place in KU Leuven University starting from 16th April.

EXHIBITION DATES: 16. - 19. April 2018, KULeuven PANGAEA, Andreas Vesaliusstraat 34, 3000 Leuven

OPENING DAY: 16 April, 19.30 - 22.00 with Video screening: Dalit artists speak of their art

Talk by Thenmozhi Sounderarajan, Co-founder Dalit History Month: "Dalit movement in modern times"

Talk by Prof. Chris Verschooten, International Journalism, KULeuven: "Media representation of Dalits in India"

CLOSING DAY: 19 April, 20.30 - 22.00 with The OtherStory -Testimony of a Dalit Scholar Swati Kamble: "From a standpoint of a Dalit woman rights activist and intersectionality researcher"

This will be followed by a short film screening to close the exhibition.

On the opening day of the exhibition a short video will be screened wherein the Dalit Artists, whose artwork is on display talk about their artistic journey and inspiration. What it means to be a Dalit and woman artist. They also shed light on how their art intersects with their Dalit-ness, woman-ness. These artists share a common thread, their ‘Dalit-ness’. They are part of a powerful political history of activism. Dalits have for long articulated their rebelliousness against the upper caste domination through their unique artistic expressions, be it Dalit literature, poetry, and paintings. Their art subverts the hegemony, their art intersects and speaks volumes of multiple axes of social injustice and inequality. Be it gender, caste, religion, and class. Witness this long tradition that enriches and strengthens the community spirit.